- Active Play - Environmental Rating Scale Items
This document prepared by Michelle Bossers, M.Ed - (Project Manager Keystone STARS Environmental Rating Scale Assessment) references the standards and describes the current measurement of compliance with national recommendations for safe, active play areas in the Keystone STARS program. The material was presented during an ECELS "Let's Talk" audioconference on Safe Active Play in August 2004. Note - for more information about Safe Active Play, see the ECELS self-learning module (SLM - Safe Active Play) listed in the Self-Learning Modules subsection of this Section.
- Active Play Areas Safety Checklist (Brief)
Elizabeth Hope Caesar developed this checklist for a Let's Talk audioconference held in September 2004. The checklist is based on the recommendations of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Society for Testing and Materials Standards. Ms. Caesar is an early education provider and an instructor for Certified Playground Safety Inspectors. Use this checklist to evaluate the safety of your playground.
General information for parents and caregivers about asthma, the most frequently occuring chronic illness in children.
- Asthma and Smoking
General information for parents and caregivers about the adverse effects of smoking on children with asthma.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
General information about ADHD for parents and caregivers
- Behavior Problems-An Overview
Tips for parents and caregivers addressing the causes and solutions for common behavior problems in young children.
- Behavioral Concerns in Childcare-Resources
Teachers/caregivers, child health professionals and parents can use this list of links and fact sheets to identify state and local resources that address behavioral concerns about children in early learning settings.
- Biting in Children
Tips for parents and caregivers on managing biting behavior in young children.
- Bleach Dilutions Poster
Use the recommended recipes to dilute household bleach for sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces in early education and child care facilities. Click here to get a brief explanation about when it is permissible to make and use these dilutions and a full page poster that illustrates how to make up the solutions. This illustration comes from Figure 2.8 in the newest (5th) edition of Healthy Young Chlldren, a manual published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
General information for parents and caregivers about bronchiolitis in young infants and children.
- Center for the Social and Emotional Foundation for Early Learning
The Center began as a collaborative of experts in socio-emotional health that was jointly funded by Head Start and the Child Care Bureau when it was located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Now headed by Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter, the Center has moved to Vanderbilt University. It offers a wealth of material on its website. The Briefs are summaries of effective practices to support children's social-emotional development and prevent challenging behaviors. Each Brief describes practical strategies, provides references to more information about the practice, and includes a one-page handout that highlights the major points in the brief. Each is available in English and Spanish. The website includes training modules, videos and is the home of the national pyramid model for states to enhance socio-emotional competent caregiving. Click on the heading of this paragraph to link to the website where you will find these excellent tools. Updated 12/08
- Changing Soiled Underwear
When children have toileting accidents in child care, staff must follow procedures that are appropriate for the child and limit the spread of germs. This fact sheet gives the rationale and the procedure for these situations. Updated 11/2012